Hiker shot in head able to call for help

By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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A Placer County man who was shot in the head Wednesday night off Foresthill Road was able to call 911 for help before being airlifted to the hospital. Ranger Brian Robertson of the Auburn State Recreation Area said Thursday that the man, believed to be in his late 50s and from Rocklin, had been hiking near Driver's Flat Road just off Foresthill Road. He was on his phone and said he'd been shot in the forehead, Robertson said. Officials have declined to release the name of the victim at this time. Rangers in the area responded to the scene around 4 p.m. and called Placer County sheriff deputies for assistance. We did a hasty search of the area and were unable to find a suspect, Robertson said. Initial reports indicate the man was struck with a small caliber bullet or a pellet. The California Highway Patrol helicopter was in the Auburn area and transported the injured man to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. We don't have a lot to go on, said Ranger Scott Struckman. We are hoping the investigation will determine if it was a pellet or small caliber bullet. He said as of late Wednesday night the victim was stable and was scheduled for surgery Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Parks at (530) 885-4527. The Journal's Penne Usher can be reached at or post a comment.